Two things are extemely difficult to accomplish in life.
The first is to think an entirely original thought.
The second is to encounter an absolute limit beyond which it is impossible to go.
I can't say with assurance that I have ever been able to think an original thought. I am moderately successful at rediscovering ancient truth, but so far, original thoughts have eluded me.
Discovering absolute limits is an equally elusive goal. Many times I felt like I had taken things to the limit, but on further examination, it was clear I simply had enough. I was done and was unwilling to do whatever it takes to continue.
Hitting the wall of absolute limits has never been a problem.
What I have learned about limits so far is summed up in these few sentences:
“The envelope of possibility is infintely large, and the likelihood of encountering absolute limits is infinitesimally small. There are no limits. There are only limiting beliefs.”David J. Abbott M.D.
Although the envelope of possibility is infinitely large, it is equally true that on a personal level the envelope of possibility is only as big as you believe it to be.
Jesus said, "As you believe, so shall it be done unto you."
On another occasion he said, "Nothing is impossible," and "Everything is possible to him who believes."
Jesus was talking about the envelope of possibility, and he made it clear that our beliefs determine the size of that envelope.
Possibilty is a dynamic thing that changes with our beliefs.
We must increase the envelope of possibility by pushing our limits every day. What was impossible yesterday just might be possible today if we get our beliefs right.
Life is a No Limits Expedition in which you explore the envelope of possibility.
Your job is to expand the envelope by pushing the limits in every area of your life.
Remember, if you look for your limits, it won't be long before you discover them.
But if you push your limits, the envelope of possibility will relentlessly expand, and there is no limit to how good your life can become.
Every day you face a choice.
You can accept your limits, or you can push them back.
I advise you to push your limits and keeping on pushing for as long as you live.
For the past six decades I have been exploring the envelope of possibility on my own No Limits Expedition.
My No Limits Expedition has taken me around the world, and I have had even a few disasters along the way. But in spite of the bumps and scrapes, I have done my best to eradicate my limiting beliefs and push my limits as far as I can go.
My limiting beliefs told me it was too risky to sail around the world on a sailboat with my family.
My limiting beliefs told me my sailing voyage around the world was over after I was critically injured in a car accident in New Zealand. Two broken legs, five broken ribs, a punctured lung, internal bleeding, and a broken shoulder blade told me to sell my sailboat and give up my sailing voyage.
My limiting beliefs told me I was wasting my time writing books on positive thinking and positive spirituality.
My limiting beliefs told me that making positive websites is a waste of time because there is little chance for my websites to be discovered among the billions of pages already on internet.
My limiting beliefs told me it was a waste of time to create positive podcasts, and even if I made them, nobody would listen.
I am well acquainted with limiting beliefs. They have been my constant companions for more than sixty years.
I have been pushing my limits as hard as I can, and I will do it for as long as I can, because for me there are no limits. There are only limiting beliefs.
Here are a few highlights of the limits that I have pushed in my own life.
How about a sailing trip around the world? SailingUNI.
How about sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia and up the Red Sea? Red Sea Chronicles.
How about a driving trip around the world in Land Rover Defenders? Overland UNI.
How about sailing in and surviving a global tsunami? SailingUNI.
How about writing a book of positive self-talk that is changing peoples lives? Maximum Strength Positive Thinking.
How about creating 200 free Positive Podcasts for people around the world? Positive Thinking Radio.
How about creating a Positive Thinking University? Positive Thinking University.
How about creating a social network that links positive thinkers around the world? Positive Human Network.
How about giving swimming lessons in God's Ocean of Love? Real Power: Maxing Out on God's Love.
How about teaching people to say good-bye to depression and hello to a positive mind? Zero Tolerance To Negative Thinking.
Those are a few of the things that I have been doing on my No Limits Expedition.
Isn't it about time that you went on a No Limits Expedition?
Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.
Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.
If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.
Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.
Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.
Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.
After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.
Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.
The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.
Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea
See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one
After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams
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